Macs are notoriously reliable computers, but even the best computers sometimes have problems: be it a hard drive crash, Mac OS X problem, or a more extensive hardware failure.Having the right diagnostic, repair, and data recovery tools can make all the difference for recovering your data and for diagnosing or resolving issues. In this article, I will explain the characteristics of file loss and offer some tips for choosing suitable software.
When it comes to diagnosing and resolving problems with their computers, most Mac users rely on Disk Utility and the tools that come with Mac OS X. Disk Utility can resolve a number of problems-such as damaged hard drive directory structures and permissions problems with Mac OS X’s system files. However, Disk Utility doesn’t provide overly extensive hard drive repair and management options and it doesn’t provide any data-recovery features . Also, the tools found in Mac OS X’s Utilities folder don’t include extensive diagnostic tools. The limited capabilities of the tools that ship with Mac OS X can be augmented with a number of utilities offering advanced disk management, diagnostic, and repair capabilities.
What now? You may need the good data recovery tool to recover Mac lost data. There are many data recovery programs on internet and each of them have own particular strengths, but they all offer much greater chances of diagnosing, recovering from, and preventing major hardware, hard drive, or operating system problems. But before we choose the right software, let’s check the details about file loss first.
What Are the Characteristics of File Loss
When data loss occurs, it’s important to take a deep breath and try to understand exactly what has happened:
- Did you simply empty the Trash without realizing that it contained some important documents? Did you recognize the loss of those files immediately—or days or weeks later?
- If a file (or series of files) suddenly appears to have disappeared, was it “out of the blue,” or something that may have happened months ago that you didn’t notice? Can you locate the missing files (or images or songs) using Spotlight?
- Has anyone else used your computer? If so, were they logged in with your account or their own account(s)?
- Did a hard drive fail? If so, did you have any warning signs? Can a hard drive utility mount the drive? Are any SMART error codes displayed in the hard drive utility? Did you notice any unusual grinding or clicking sounds before the failure?
- Does the computer exhibit other problems beyond the hard drive failure? Does it power on and start up properly, either from its internal drive or from an alternate disk, including the Mac OS X Install DVD?
- Perhaps the most relevant question of all: Even if you have no current backup, could your missing data be stored elsewhere? For photos, this could be on a website like Flickr, your digital camera, and/or your iPod/iPhone/iPad. For other documents, perhaps you emailed them to someone or stored them on a flash drive? While the answer may be no, if you have the ability to locate some or all of the lost data without resorting to full-on data recovery, that fact should provide some comfort, as well as a plan of action if recovery fails.
Once you’ve determined the cause and extent of the data loss, you can consider options for recovery.
Choose the Reliable Software
As I mentioned before, each software has its own particular strengths. But the most important point is that this software will not do harm to your original data. This means the software only does the read but not the write process on your Mac. Moreover, the software must be easy to use ’cause most of the computer users are not the professors who can deal with too complicated situation.
The points are less, but they are quite important for user to choose the suitable software so just keep them in mind and choose your software on internet. If you still need more detail about steps for file rescue you can check our blog post.